The Jaguars have re-signed offensive lineman Tyler Shatley.
Shatley originally signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of Clemson in 2014. Similarly to another former undrafted free agent offensive lineman Josh Wells, Shatley worked his way into a key reserve role for the Jaguars by working hard and become a coaches favorite. While Wells plays on the edge of the line Shatley has carved out his niche as an interior lineman who has played both center and guard for the Jaguars.
Shatley has appeared in 30 games, but has only four starts to his name. While Shatley won't be expected to push for a starting job he is a guy whose versatility easily translates into snaps when starting interior lineman go down with injuries.
Shatley will be a familiar piece to a Jaguars offensive line that is already beginning to look much different than it did last season. While the Jaguars have agreed to bring back Shatley and Wells, the team declined their option to retain Kelvin Beachum, in favor of acquiring the 32 year old former Pro Bowl offensive lineman Branden Albert. With what seems will be several new starters on the Jaguars offensive line in 2017, it's a smart move to keep some of the more important reserves with the team.
Here's what Dave Caldwell had to say regarding the signing (via Tad Dickman):
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